I could use some advice. I have what I consider a very nice setup for my sennheiser 595 headphones, but my desktop speakers are a $20 pair of logitech. Now, I use my headphones 80-90% of the time, but when I'm folding laundry or watching a movie or listening to music with a guest in my bedroom (you know what i'm talking about), the sound is no good, to say the least.
I have a SuperPro DAC and a Headroom Total Airhead amp for the headphones, and I am quite pleased. I realize that for the same price, desktop speakers typically won't sound as good. Nonetheless, I am interested in the Audioengine A2 or the M-Audio AV40 and went to the store to take a listen. To be honest, neither sounded good in the store. The M-Audio sounded like that had one note for bass, but I don't know the source and the music they were playing was absolutely terrible to begin with. The A2's were at another store, and the guy said the source was itunes. That doesn't mean much to me because the song could still be of poor quality.
So, do you think the A2's will sound better in my own room with high quality music files? I read great things about them and the AV40's, but I sort of had the opposite experience when listening for a few minutes at the store. Did my 595's spoil me?! Can anything compete with headphones?
The other reason I am interested in a 2.0 system is because the bass will annoy the neighbors and I cannot be tempted to turn the subwoofer up. I used to love, perhaps need, a loud sub. The 595's have taught me that I really need accurate bass rather than loud bass, as the 595's bass is not prominent.